- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books (Jan 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060509465
- ISBN-13: 978-0060509460
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,907,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bevarly has some skill as a writer but her over developed narrative and exposition bogs the story WAAAYYYYY down. About 100 pages in, I lost patience and skipped my way to the end.
Romance authors who manage to build a fanbase sell millions of books; why is it they suffer so from bad or absent editing? Publishers apparently believe the romance-novel audience either doesn't recognize bad writing or doesn't care about it. Wrong. We recognize it and we care about it. With a good editor, this book by Bevarly could have been much better--in this reader/writer's opinion.
The story is lots of fun. The hero is wonderful. The problem is that she uses her style of interrupting introspection with cute little asides--well, you know what I mean. She does this far too often. Should have used a FIND and cut out at least half of them. All her novels are beginning to sound the same and that gets old after a while--and in this one, just too much.
One other problem is that three of her characters have a great deal of unpleasant baggage which Ms. Bevarly handles very well. Unfortunatley, she has to give the secondary male baggage, too. His problem is dropped into the end of the story and completely unneccessary. It would have been nice to have one normal person here.
If you haven't read Elizabeth Bevarly before, you'll enjoy this novel. It's just when you've read her most recent ones that you notice she's not fresh anymore.
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